Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-0 to keep slender top-four hopes alive


Michael Cox

The stands were a bit empty for Arsenal vs. Sunderland, De Bruyne nutmegs the kit man and so much more in The Sweeper. Should Liverpool fail to beat Middlesbrough and Arsenal win against Everton on Sunday, the Gunners can sneak into the top four at the very end of the season. With their UCL hopes out of their hands, the FC panel debate Arsenal's odds of reaching a top-four spot at season's end. LONDON --  Arsenal maintained their outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League thanks to Alexis Sanchez's two close-range goals, but they took longer than expected to find a way past Sunderland's outstanding goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (who made 11 saves) and complete a 2-0 win. On a rainy evening at the Emirates, this game felt distinctly "end of season" despite the fact that Arsenal still have something to play for. While an impressive number of Sunderland fans made the nine-hour...

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